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It sneaks up on us, but spring is here.
The first sign is the Balsamroot, which dots the hills in yellow flowers. The birds are chirping, the days are longer and there’s even an afternoon or two of alfresco dining. It’s the month of Chelan Nouveau, where you can taste the new releases of fantastic whites and future award winners. Stand on the patio and lean into the sun. The shadows are still soft and the tasting rooms still calm, but not for long. Take a walk in the hills or sit on the deck and gaze at the lake. Whatever you do, pause a moment to look around and take in the beauty of the Lake Chelan Wine Valley - it's naturally intoxicating.
No one knows why, but it always seems like a sunny day at Vin du Lac Winery. The winery and bistro gamely meets everyone’s needs. Groups gather on the patio and have a bite to eat, couples look out onto the lake with a bottle of wine between them. Ki . . .
Sometimes serene other times jamming, Tildio Winery is always at their best. Friends, neighbors and wine club members make Tildio a regular stop and new comers become converts. The patio overlooking Roses Lake seems like the most perfect place in t . . .
News from Wine Country
BY PAUL GREGUTT, SEATTLE TIMES: What were mostly new vineyard plantings a few years ago are now in production. With 20 wineries in the region, it is more and more common to see at least some wines so . . .